How do we manage ourselves in times of stress? If you are anything like me, you probably struggle from time to time trying to keep up with all these things and more.Â As a working mother and small business owner there are times when I can barley speak due to tiredness.
While the topics of stress, depression and other health issues are getting more press today, these problems often remain hidden from view and never spoken about until itâ€™s too late.
Why should people burnout at all? Itâ€™s such a waste.
What we know is that good consistent business performers are usually resilient, focused and determined in nature and, in my experience, usually have a sense of â€˜wellnessâ€™ about them. Their wellness shines through and is supported by good life habits such as:
- Undertaking regular exercise.
- Having a healthy diet.
- Drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all.
- Having a variety of other interests in their life.
- Prioritising very well.
- Not taking illicit drugs.
- Continued self development.
However, even healthy people sometimes â€˜hit the wallâ€™ and â€˜burn outâ€™. An accumulation of things can happen and before you know it youâ€™ve hit the wall. With too many things happening too quickly, you often do not stop to deal with them one by one.
If this accumulation of stressful events continues, then they simply roll you over and flatten you. Given high performers have the capacity to produce consistently well, we can often miss vital signs of our stressors.
For instance when things don’t go so well, we can take on too much and over compensate for othersâ€™ lack of performance. If this happens over and over again it wears you down. I have experienced a major burnout. It was not pleasant and very stressful. I am sure I am not alone when it comes to stress as a working mother or as a business owner
Now I am no expert on stress management, however I have been an avid user of many tried and true approaches to help me be at my best and ensure I am â€˜fitâ€™ and can still juggle my many duties.
Instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs or other harmful actions as others may do, I sort out my support network. That is why I thought it would be useful to provide a list of some of the services people can access before, during or after they find themselves dealing with stressful situations. Please find following a preliminary list of associations you may like to explore:
- Yoga classes and other natural therapies.
- Access to medical or psychological help with stress, depression or other mental health issues go to the government support network www.beyondblue.org.au or the Australian Psychological Society.
- Overcoming sleeping issues the drug free way.
- Qualified massage therapists go to Australian Association of Massage Therapists.
- Australian parenting website.
- For meditation, there are several different places to try.
Prevention in the best cure and hindsight is a wonderful teacher. Never forget nothing is impossible to fix and there is always an option out there to help you deal with any challenging situation. Donâ€™t forget to ask for help there is always someone there.
I hope this helps.